Student Support Services
We offer a range of support services designed to help you to achieve your full potential and to get the most out of your studies. These form a co-ordinated network of support, and are an important part of the overall student experience. Support Services aim to be accessible to you and responsive to your individual needs.
We offer confidential advice and information on many welfare issues, including finance and funding, entitlement to benefits and immigration issues.
There are Student Support Officers available at the Loughton and Southend Campuses who can offer initial advice and information. They can refer you to further advice available including Student Support. Please visit their website at: www2.essex.ac.uk/stdsup/index.shtm
You might also visit the Studentsí Unionís Advice Centre website at: www.essexstudent.com
If you are studying at our Southend Campus, the above services will be provided in partnership with Student Services based at South Essex College.
Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties
We have a strong tradition of encouraging and supporting students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Provision includes: screening and/or referral for a diagnostic assessment and advice on the Disabled Studentsí Allowance.
We aim to create an accessible and enabling environment. We would encourage you to contact the relevant disability service to discuss access to the University and to your course. These discussions are confidential and information will not be passed on without prior consent. Further details of the facilities can be found by visiting: http://www2.essex.ac.uk/stdsup/disab/home.shtm The School can arrange for assessments with an educational psychologist on campus. Students may then qualify to apply for the Disabled Studentsí Allowance which can be used to purchase specific equipment and training.
At the Loughton Campus, the Student Support Officers are able to provide students with official letters and documentation, such as bank letters, confirmation of enrolment and council tax exemption forms, as well as authenticating documents by providing a University stamp for specific forms. General, non-academic advice can also be given about other services provided by the University of Essex and the Studentsí Union.
At the Southend Campus, all of the above services are available from the Student Administration Team located on the second floor of the Gateway Building.
Conservatoire training can be demanding and, in response to this, the School has developed a network of support to help with any academic and personal pressures. A personal tutor is appointed to each student and they are a channel for any enquiries or anxieties that the student may have.
East 15 and the University are committed to helping graduates enter their chosen career with confidence. This support is given in the second and final year of undergraduate courses and throughout the year for postgraduate students. It includes career guidance, planning of audition pieces and advice from working professionals.